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Humanized, Inclusive Learning:
Instructional Design With Purpose

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O’Donnell Learn is committed to helping educators deliver successful learning experiences.

We provide a variety of solutions to help faculty and learners achieve the best outcomes. Our solutions range from course and program design to instructional design and include quick fixes or major overhauls with specialized experts.

By emphasizing humanized and inclusive learning, we ensure your faculty can deliver quality and engaging learning experiences to their students for in-person, online, and hybrid learning environments.

We design
for people.

People are at the center of everything we do. With empathy for the learner as our launching pad, we support faculty to bring their expertise together with what inspires, excites and engages their learners. This partnership is key to creating authentic experiences that advance learner success.

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This approach to instructional design is exclusive to O’Donnell Learn. Our work with 1000s of instructors brings together years of experience with research-based strategies, case studies, and the development of proven learning frameworks and universal learning design methods to keep people at the center of the experience.

We’ve created a complimentary Purposeful Learning FrameworkTM checklist to act as an adaptable open education resource (OER) for instructors, educators, and institutions who use our solutions.

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It’s amazing what can happen when partnerships are dedicated to advancing learner success.

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We’re always learning, wondering and sharing. Here’s what we’re thinking about lately.

“See each other for the humanity that holds us” Lessons in Trauma Informed Pedagogy from Mays Imad

Published By Cathryn Mattimore
on Oct 20, 2021

O’Donnell Learn recently hosted a webinar led by Mays Imad, Ph.D. as a part of its recent Purposeful Learning Festival focused on mental health and wellness. Dr. Imad is a thought leader in trauma-informed pedagogy and a professor at Pima Community College based in Tucson, Arizona where she is also the coordinator of the Teaching & Learning Center. As a current Master’s of Education student at Northeastern University who also lives with mental illness, I was excited to learn more about using the classroom, virtual or traditional, as a safe place for learners to heal and grow. I met virtually with Dr. Imad to hear more about her teaching philosophy, beliefs surrounding mental health, and ways to ensure student success in uncertain times.

Higher Ed Has the Toolset, But Do They Have the Mindset to Future-fit?

Published By Joana Jebsen
on Aug 12, 2021

Imagine a fresh-faced eighteen year old, naive to the great big world ahead, hoping for an acceptance into an accredited two or four year college. They’re navigating the long hall towards their college counselor’s office, reviewing the list of schools in their mind, while envisioning a future of friends, inspiring courses and eventually a career, a life. College, whether community or four year, will be their first steps towards adulthood, towards maturity, or so they think.  What they don't know, what they aren’t told, is that most higher education is unequipped to prepare them for life. The real responsibilities they’ll meet when they exit campus are not delineated, explored or taught in school.  To make matters more complicated, the notion of the “traditional student” no longer exists. Students are opting out of four year residential colleges for two year schools and online programs. They’re also delaying the start of college in pursuit of a career. Additionally, there’s been an enormous uptick in adult learners, with families, who start school later, or attend school in tandem with a job. It’s clear: there’s a broken talent pipeline. And an enormous question: is higher education fit for the future?

Looking Back/Learning Forward: Lessons For the Now Normal

Published By Brett Christie, PhD
on Jul 20, 2021

Looking Back, Learning Forward, a motto and mindset to utilize as we envision the future of distance education and fuse historic learning practices with modern lifestyles. I recently co-hosted a webinar with Dr. Jim Julius, Faculty Director of Online Learning at Mira Costa College, where we walked a group of educators through insights gathered over the last fourteen months of online learning. If one thing is clear, it is that it’s been a journey for everyone: faculty, students, education consultants, learning designers, institutional leadership, and families alike.